9 March 2020

Reconstructive Plastic Surgery shortlisted as a finalist for top health award


The Reconstructive Plastic Surgery team at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital has been shortlisted for Cancer Care Initiative of the Year at the HSJ Value Awards 2020, recognising their outstanding dedication to making things better in the NHS.


Two breast cancer reconstruction patients, nominated the team for an award. This is the first time patients have nominated a health service for a HSJ award.


 

Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is the leading centre for breast reconstruction surgery in South Yorkshire, and also treats women from outside the region. The DIEP (deep inferior epigastric artery perforator) procedure is considered the gold standard method of breast reconstruction and has been pioneered at the hospital by Consultant Plastic Surgeons Andrew Morritt and Victoria Fung, alongside their multi-disciplinary team. The procedure involves the transfer of the patient’s abdominal skin and fat to reconstruct a breast which, in contrast to using breast implants, feels more natural, does not wear out and ages naturally with the patient.


Dr Jill Aylott, from Dronfield and Kathryn Kelwick, who lives in Rotherham have recently undergone the DIEP flap procedure and have commended the team and the procedure.


Jill said, “We are two women who have survived breast cancer and have been empowered by having the DIEP breast reconstruction procedure, which has resulted in a shorter hospital stay, good clinical outcomes and we are feeling like ourselves again!”


As mothers, both women have been able to continue to support their children and return to work quickly due to the highest standard care and support given by all the team at the hospital.


“We are so grateful for the amazing service that we received, to enable us to immediately continue to parent and be there for our children, supporting them to understand that breast cancer can be seen as a chronic illness, when treated and managed well.”


Andrew Morritt comments: “We are thrilled to have been shortlisted for the Cancer Care Initiative of the Year Award. The collaborative efforts of our dedicated team mean that we’re in a position to provide a life-changing service for women who have had breast cancer. Hearing stories from our patients about their positive experiences following the procedure is a tremendous boost to both our team and to be chosen among the other incredible nominees is a wonderful achievement.”


HSJ editor Alastair McLellan comments: “We would like to congratulate Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust on being nominated in the category of Cancer Care Initiative of the Year ahead of HSJ Value Awards 2020. We are looking forward to welcoming them to the ceremony in May, to join us in recognising the very best NHS teams and projects in the healthcare sector. This year’s finalists are of an outstanding calibre and all of them are exceptionally dedicated to enhancing healthcare across the UK.”


The HSJ Value Awards 2020 awards ceremony will be held at Manchester Central on 21 May 2020.
 

(Pic: Teresa Pole, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sharon Grady, Service Improvement Manager, Andrew Morritt, Consultant Plastic Surgeon and Mandy Parkin, Staff Nurse)



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